Foreword The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and our member pediatricians dedicate ourselves to promoting the optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being of infants, children, adoles- cents, and young adults. An important aspect of our work is creating the educational materials necessary to provide appropriate, equitable, and high-quality pediatric care. I am proud to announce the second edition of the AAP Textbook of Pediatric Care. The AAP is the leading publisher in the fi eld of pediatrics, offering more than 500 publications, both print and electronic, for pediatricians and other health professionals who care for children. This kind of leadership saves lives, improves chil- dren’s health, and supports the high quality of the profession of pediatrics. The second edition of the AAP Textbook of Pedi- atric Care was created by a distinguished editorial team led by Thomas K. McInerny, MD, FAAP. Featuring contributions from experienced clinicians worldwide, this textbook addresses clinical issues faced by physicians who care for children: screen- ing, diagnosis, treatment, and management for both common and uncommon diseases. The second edition contains more than 75 new chapters on specifi c diseases, conditions, signs, symptoms, and more. Priorities for the 21st century, including the practice of evidence-based medicine, electronic health records, and continuous quality improve- ment, are also addressed. There is fully integrated coverage of mental health topics, in keeping with the Academy’s mission, and enhanced discussion of the family-centered medical home, including impor- tant topics such as health literacy. Because the practice of pediatrics is constantly changing and because we need information to be accessible in multiple ways, we also offer this textbook as part of Pediatric Care Online, our Web-based point-of-care resource. Pediatric Care Online was brand new when the fi rst edition of this textbook was published. It has since grown into an indispensable and comprehensive resource for the practicing pediatrician. It features the complete text of this book and the Red Book, an extensive library of patient education handouts in English and Spanish, quick reference topics based on this book, interactive clinical tools, and much more. Please see for updates to the Textbook and the latest news in pediatric health care. Benard P. Dreyer, MD, FAAP President, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2016 vii Foreword
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